Ryan-Hertz_HeadShot_Leadership(1)Ryan Hertz, MSW
President & CEO

Ryan assumed the role of CEO at Lighthouse in January of 2019. Since joining SOS in 2010, he and his team have expanded SOS’s scope of services to encompass emergency shelter, rental assistance, affordable housing development, supportive service solutions, and crowdfunding technologies that have contributed to thousands of displaced people getting back on their feet and finding a renewed sense of purpose. Ryan is now leading Lighthouse in coming together with SOS to further both organizations’ combined efforts to meet the critical and escalating emergency and longer-term needs of the working poor, homeless, and otherwise impoverished members of our community. He is passionate about connecting those with a giving spirit to powerful opportunities that change the lives of others.

Jenny-PomaJenny Poma, MSW
Chief Operating Officer

Jenny Poma is all about results for those in need as she has demonstrated in her leadership of program development, operations, grants, and performance measurement around SOS’s shelter, housing, and follow-up care programs. She will be working with both SOS and Lighthouse leadership to integrate our program operations while identifying and implementing new opportunities for social impact. Jenny’s favorite part of her job are her colleagues: “Everyone is so positive and fun to be around. We are all committed to our mission and work tirelessly to accomplish great things.”

Russ Russell
Chief Development Officer

Russ brings over 37 years of experience working with non-profits locally, nationally, and internationally, to reach their goals and find success. He is responsible for managing the operations and resources for fundraising, corporate giving and development for Lighthouse. He also oversees the organization’s events, communications and marketing efforts. Russ has been instrumental in helping several metro Detroit organizations reach new heights in service to others. He has led such efforts as Detroit PAL’s Kids at the Corner campaign, supporting their recent $20 million Corner Ballpark development at the historic site of Tiger Stadium. Russ also led Forgotten Harvest’s development efforts as they increased their annual food supply of fresh food from 12.5 million to over                                                      40 million pounds during the Great Recession.

Dr. Rita Fields
Chief Talent & Strategy Officer

Dr. Rita Fields serves as the Chief Talent & Strategy Officer for Lighthouse MI. She is also a dual CEO of both 313 Industries, Inc. and Copper Phoenix Consulting, LLC. Dr. Fields is faculty in the school of management at University of Michigan, healthcare administration at Central Michigan University, and a dissertation advisor in the PHOD Program at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Dr. Fields is a SHRM Certified Senior Professional of Human Resources and a lifetime member of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. After being a client of SOS in 1991, she is thrilled to join the staff in working towards our mission of building communities that end poverty. Dr. Fields said. “I’m really looking forward to ensuring that the people who help our most vulnerable residents are also provided with the tools they need to succeed. I am honored to do that for Lighthouse, particularly because of the incredibly impactful role it had in my own life.”

Andre Davis, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Through contractual services from Financial One Inc., Andre’ Davis serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Lighthouse MI. He has 5 years of experience working in public accounting/audit experience and 13 years of experience working in the nonprofit arena. His experience includes Auditor, Financial Controller, Director of Administration, and most recently Vice President of Finance at Presbyterian Villages of Michigan. In addition, he has owned and operated his own private CPA practice for 10 years, providing private accounting and consulting services to small business as well as wealth management and financial planning services. Andre has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters of Science degree in Accounting from Bowling Green State University and is a CPA. Andre is passionate about working with organizations committed to “being” the difference in the lives of those who need it the most.

We are grateful to our Board of Directors and Advisory Council for their leadership, guidance and commitment to our mission.

Richard Lewnau, Chair

Jackie Buchanan, Vice Chair

Jonathan Burleigh, Treasurer

Dennis Blender, Secretary

Racheal Allen

Jim Ciroli

Manisha Dostert

Dr. Chanel Hampton

Lamontre Harris

John Harvey

James Lambrecht

Sonja Lengnick

Paddy Lynch

Harry Maisel

William Mott

Colleen Ochoa-Peters

Paul Plante

Jacqui Spicer

John Townsend

Susan Wellman

Susan Cooper